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3 GENERATIONS, 2 HOMES, 1 FAMILY How John Merlino Helped Us Secure the Perfect Property
Many people dread seeing their in-laws during the holidays, but I feel just the opposite. In fact, Frank and I lived across the street from his parents for the past eight-plus years, and we loved every second of it. Frank’s dad, also named Frank, had heart-transplant surgery 18 years ago, followed by a kidney transplant five years ago. His wife, Jean, provided the donor kidney. Talk about commitment and caring! We view every day with them as a blessing and cherish every second together. This year, we decided that across the street wasn’t close enough and chose to find an arrangement that would let us be even closer to each other. When we were renovating our last house, we lived with Frank’s parents for two months, so we knew proximity wouldn’t be an issue. When we found two properties that were initially built to house multiple generations, it was just what we were looking for. The only question was if we would secure them both. John Merlino was instrumental in helping us achieve that goal. It was a very complicated transaction — two sales and two purchases, all happening simultaneously — and John handled it with ease. We were so impressed with him and the entire team at Merlino & Gonzalez. A dear friend of ours, who also happens to be an attorney, recommended John, so we expected big things. Even still, he delivered beyond our wildest expectations. Some attorneys will meet you for a consultation and then shuttle you off to
assistants for the rest of the process. Not John — he responds promptly and keeps you informed every step of the way. Buying a home is stressful; buying two is doubly so. To have an attorney who cares about you and shepherds you through the process makes all the difference in the world. We’ve been so impressed with Merlino & Gonzalez that Frank (the younger Frank) and I are in the process of working with Ken Gonzalez on our estate plan. Now that we’ve signed the papers on our dream homes, we’re excited to put our personal stamp on them. We’re currently renovating our new home, and while it’s Frank’s parents who live closest, my folks have also been pivotal in the process. My mom has been leading the way when it comes to interior design. She’s created design boards with her ideas, and the contractors have been impressed with her vision. My dad’s unfailing emotional support and positive attitude have also been a huge boost. We hope to have the renovations ready for Thanksgiving. If not, it won’t be hard to decide who’s hosting. Moving into our new homes is a chance to reflect on how our lives have changed over the past decade. When we bought our last house, we were just starting a family and relied on Frank’s parents for help, guidance, and advice. Now, we have two wonderful boys, ages 9 and 6, and we’re doing the bulk of helping out. I guess that’s just the circle of life, and it gives us great joy to repay Frank’s parents for all they’ve done for us over the years. To have three generations living as a unit is a pleasure far too few people get to experience these days. We consider ourselves among the lucky ones. When we sit down to turkey this year, whether it’s at our place or theirs, you can bet we’ll give thanks for our new homes. Part of that gratitude undoubtedly goes to John and the wonderful team at Merlino & Gonzalez. Thank you for bringing our family even closer together.
Nicole (second left) enjoying time with her family
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